The Chinese have a saying that "change is a dragon." If you try to ignore him or control him, he will eat you. But if you can ride the dragon of change, you can survive, even prosper. I commit . . . that we're going to ride the dragon. –General Charles C. Krulak Commandant of the Marine Corps
The ongoing debate within the Marine Corps over the future is brisk, sometimes acrimonious, but never simple. Resultant doctrinal and organizational changes will determine, not only our future success over the nation's foes but also our continuity as a service. Perceived duplicate capabilities continually bring the Corps' existence into question; articles on virtual presence and the debates over Marine aviation are only the latest rounds fired in this battle. It is critical, therefore, that the Corps provide a unique service to the nation. Rather than focusing on technological progress at the tactical and operational levels, it must build on the strategic need for amphibious assault and forcible entry—a corporate knowledge maintained only by the Corps.